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The Czechoslovakian cancels.
When the Czech postal authorities cleared the offices, they
not only took with them the stamps, postal stationery and
postal forms but the mail of the day.
Cover send from Melnik in Czechoslovakia. Originally it was posted in Ober-Widim which
is in Sudetenland just across the border of Melnik. Czech postal authorities took this letter
to Melnik, together with the rest of the mail, when they cleared the office and left for Czechoslovakia.
Before the letter was returned to Sudetenland it was censored by the czechs. It was then
sent to Warnsdorf "Im besetzen Gebiet (in the occupied zone) a proper designation as
Ober-Widim at that time was not occupied.
If the German postal authorities were not supplied with
cancels they had to use what they could find.
Sometimes they had to go deep into the cancel chest.
Postal wrapper send locally in Haida canceled with a cancel which last
in use around 1850!
Unaltered bilingual cancels from Czechoslovakia
were seldom used.
Card from Weisskirchlitz canceled with a unaltered bilingual cancel from Czechoslovakia.
This is the only recorded use of this
Normally when the Germans found a bilingual Czech cancel
they removed the Czech part.
Registred commercial cover from Karlsbad send to Czechoslovakia. It is canceled
with a originally bilingual cancel with the Czech part removed.
The registration label are a bilingual Czech label with the Czech part lined out.
The cover was censored in Prague by the Czechs.
Not only were the ordinary Czech cancels reused
also few machine cancels came into the hands of the
Commercial cover from Komotau send to Prague in Czechoslovakia. The cover was
canceled with a originally bilingual machine cancel from which the Czech part
was removed. The circular device (dial) was taken out of the machine cancel and
used as a handstamp. The cover was censored by the Czechs in Prague.
At the railway station offices the Germans found cancels too.
These railway station letter box cancels were used as well.
Registred cover send from Würbenthal to Odense in Denmark. The cover was canceled
with a originally bilingual railway station letter box cancel from which the Czech part
was removed. The registration label is of German type. The 6+4 pf. stamp was issued to
commemorate the plebiscite to be held on December 4, 1938 in Sudetenland.